A Feast of Holy Relics – First Tuesday Talk, Mary Stewart Adams

Nov 10, 2020 7:30PM—9:00PM



Cost Free

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Please join us on November 10, 2020, the Second Tuesday of November, at 7:30 p.m., for a zoom event with Mary Stewart Adams, A FEAST OF HOLY RELICS, at this link:
Meeting ID: 819 1151 8086, Passcode: 738366.
Or you may dial in: 312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 819 1151 8086, Passcode: 738366.
Please note that Zoom advises: After September 27, all meetings must have a Passcode enabled. Your Passcode for this meeting is 738366. If you arrive early for the meeting, you will be invited to remain in the “waiting room” until the meeting begins. The Great Lakes Branch intends to return to face-to-face events as soon they become safe and lawful.

Mary Stewart Adams informs us that, in his book “The Ninth Century and the Holy Grail,” Walter Johannes Stein describes an encounter from 1923 between his 11th grade students and Rudolf Steiner during a block at the Stuttgart Waldorf School on the story of Parzival. The subject concerns those who would narrate the Grail legend, and how they must, according to Rudolf Steiner, always begin at the same point in the narrative, when the broken or fragmented Grail sword is welded together. “He who would continue the narrative must come provided with the fragments of the sword, and must appear by night beside the rock that is un-illumined by the sunlight of waking consciousness. Here at the Source of Inspiration, at the Well of Kunneware (as Wolfram von Eschenbach names the woman who guards the spring), the Spiritual Sword will again be made whole out of the fragments of lingering tradition.” Later in the text, WJ Stein relates an historical account of the arrival of the “holy relics” at Reichenau, in 925 AD, which led to the 7th of November being established as the Feast of Holy Relics. This was to ensure that the arrival of these relics and the grace that this “precious treasure” bestowed on the community would forever after be remembered and celebrated. The Feast of Holy Relics is still a recognized feast, and usually occurs within an octave of All Saints’ Day, falling on November 5 in 2020.

Out of an imagination in the Stein text, that the pursuit of spiritual science is a Grail path, and that the “fragments of the sword” are the pieces of Anthroposophy that each of us carries, Mary Stewart Adams invites us to a November 10 celebration of Anthroposophy, and the impulse toward wholeness and the healthy social life that results from our coming together to share the fruits of our understanding. As preparation for our gathering, please identify and have available the element(s) of Anthroposophy that most inspires you: it could be a quote or verse from Rudolf Steiner, a particular lecture, a biographical event, a memento gifted by an elder, something that can be placed on an imagined altar of community. The intent is that by gathering together with our “fragments” we honor our own “lingering traditions” and recommit to a renewed wholeness for the way forward. In addition to guiding us through our own Feast of Holy Relics, Mary will place our gathering within the context of the current celestial events.

Mary Stewart Adams is a Star Lore Historian, and host of the weekly public radio segment “The Storyteller’s Night Sky.” As a global advocate for starry skies, Mary led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world, which later led to the State of Michigan protecting 35,000 acres of state land for its natural darkness. Mary has received numerous honors for her work advocating for dark skies, combining her extensive knowledge of ancient mythologies with the research and ideas of contemporary astronomy, as a contribution to the new star wisdom of astrosophy. You can follow Mary through her website www.storytellersnightsky.com, on her Facebook page “The Storyteller’s Night Sky,” on Twitter @starsnstories, and on Instagram @starmares.

This event is brought to you by the Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America. There is no charge. Donations are welcome. Questions? Contact Kathy Serafin (kathys@anthroposophy.org).